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Monday, February 20, 2017

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

I thought I'd time some time to remind you about a special program that the Roselle Public Library offers.  It's the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.  As a mom, I wish this program had been around when my children were small.  I began reading to my children by the time they were three months old.  We'd sit in the rocking chair at night, with that bedtime bottle and they'd (hopefully) fall asleep while I was reading some classic childhood story.

Over the years, numerous studies have been conducted showing the connection between reading and early stimulation for brain development.  Early reading helps children acquire key literacy and language skills which does help with future academic success.  Even the American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents to read aloud to their children daily.  The goal of the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge is to help guide parents and children to develop and sustain daily reading.  For small children, hearing a healthy dose of reading aloud age-appropriate literature is vital.
Here are some questions you may have about our 1,000 Before Kindergarten Program:

Q:  1,000 books is a lot!  How can we read so many?
A:  If you read 1 book a day for 3 years, you will have read 1,095 books?  Or you can read 3 books a day for 1 year!

Q:  How long do we have to read 1,000 books?
A:  Until the day your child starts kindergarten.

Q:  Do the books we read for Summer Reading or Winter Reading count?
A:  YES!

Q:  Do the books we hear at storytime count?
A:  YES!

Q:  What if we don't finish? 
A:  That's okay.  The point of the program is to expose your child to a variety of books and new vocabulary.

Q:  Do the books have to come from the Roselle Library?
A:  No.

Q:  What if we read the same book twice?
A:  It counts as two books!  Repeated readings are a part of early literacy!

Please stop by the Youth Services "Ask Me" Desk to sign your child up today.  It's a great investment in your child's future and it's free!  Plus it is quality time you get to spend with your child that will hopefully lead a lifetime of loving to read!

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten website
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